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February 1941

Bacteriology in Neuropsychiatry: A Survey of Investigations Concerned with the Specific Role of Infectious and Immune Processes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;45(2):401-402. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280140211026

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Abstract

According to the preface, "The purpose of this book is to present succinctly the contributions which bacteriology and immunology have made to the study of nervous and mental disorders.... In general, there is a marked contrast between the contributions made by bacteriology and immunology to the etiology of somatic disease on the one hand, and to psychiatric disorders on the other."

The most valuable features of the book are the bibliography and the review of the part which infections and intoxications has been alleged to play in the major psychoses.

Chapter 1, on the diseases of known origin with primary involvement of the nervous system, includes syphilis (for some obscure reason), epidemic meningitis, the infectious encephalitides, herpes, rabies and poliomyelitis, in 50 pages. Chapter 2, diseases of known origin with secondary involvement of the nervous system, includes abscess of the brain, tuberculosis, leprosy, the rickettsial diseases, some spirochetal diseases, the

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